Today we headed to the financial district of Mumbai. It was quite different to the Mumbai that we’d seen so far, full of new crisp glass and concrete buildings, high-rises and green spaces. It looked like… every other western cities financial district. It did have a few uniquely Indian qualities - the circling and soaring … Continue reading Venture Debt and the Mobile Future
Back in Mumbai and Zone Startups today. We got to spend the morning with some really interesting social enterprise startups. The first sessions of the day was Naveen Krishna from SMV Wheels. SMV Wheels provides a deferred payment model for rickshaws in India which means that drivers can move from a leasing to an ownership … Continue reading Social Enterprises and Business in India
Today we toured a couple of locations in Mumbai. Our bus took us first to RIIDL a technology business incubator. Located on the Somaiya Vidyavihar University campus, the centre was started as an offshoot of the engineering school. We were introduced to the centre by founder Gaurang Shetty who discussed how the centre evolved out … Continue reading Mumbai Incubators
The bootcamp begins. It started with a bang, an early morning alarm buzzed, but I was already fully awake. Instead snoozing I tapped STOP - and was ready to face the day. We took a quick bus ride to Zone Innovations. First of all we were introduced to Rohit Manchanda who really helped to provide … Continue reading Bootcamp Begins
Transit day, so a lot of time in airports and on planes. It was a great opportunity for the social side of things though, and great to have a sit down with a few of the other startups. We had a great group chat over free beers in Singapore (FYI if you're connecting in Singapore … Continue reading Transit Day
Day one of boot camp. Not sure if it was planned or just a coincidence but January the 26th is Australia and India Day - so it seemed a fitting day to start our journey. The Wagga Three (myself, Mackenzie and Jake) flew to Sydney and made our way to the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship … Continue reading India-Australia Day
So I’m off to India. I meant to post this yesterday when the media embargo was lifted but I went through a mad rush to pack and prepare. Last year there was a call to join a Young Entrepreneur Boot Camp supported by the New South Wales Government. I applied and was lucky to get … Continue reading Into India
A couple of years ago I got into startups. Not as a participant but as an observer. It was interesting to look at the systems at play in that space, to learn the dynamics and the culture and to try and interrogate how and why certain ideas seemed to dominate that world. It was definitely … Continue reading Not a Startup Guy, In a Startup World
Yes it’s time for my end of year reflection. The post-Christmas, pre-New Year period is made for contemplation, especially when the weather is hot, the cricket is slow and the Christmas Ham seeps into every meal. It’s the time of year 18 years ago my Dad passed away too. We had great Christmas and then … Continue reading 2018. Yes, I Survived.
I have just a couple of weeks of long service leave to go. It’s been so good to have a break from work, without the threat of worrying where the next pay check is coming from. I’ve been working since I was 16 and during that time there have been a few stints of unemployment, … Continue reading Where am I going? What am I doing?